Carlos Alcaraz got out to a quick start on Thursday at the Rolex Paris Masters, winning nine of the first ten games on his way to a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.
In their first ATP Head2Head matchup, Alcaraz was focused from the get-go against former World No. 3 Dimitrov. The Spaniard won the match in an astonishing 72 minutes by hitting the ball cleanly off both wings from the baseline and effectively using his drop shot throughout. He also converted five of seven break points when faced with the Bulgarian's serve.
Alcaraz played a nearly faultless opening, giving Dimitrov, the former World No. 3, few opportunities to react. The Spaniard continued where he had left off in his straight-sets victory over Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round, dropping just two games behind serve in the opening set.
In the second set, Dimitrov recovered to win three straight games after falling behind 3-0 to equalise the score. He then created two break point opportunities to go up 4-3, but Alcaraz's unwavering dependability was essential. For the first time in Paris, he survived the Bulgarian's onslaught to reach the quarterfinals, where he will face either Holger Rune or Andrey Rublev, the seventh seed.